Raymond J. Savino

Raymond J. Savino, 76, Tyrone, died Thursday at Homewood at Martinsburg.

He was born in DuBois, son of the late Raymond A. and Elizabeth (Celinski) Savino. He was twice married, first to Patricia Averill from 1960-85; she survives in Tyrone. He was then married to Deborah Plummer from 1985-2001; she also survives in Tyrone.

Also surviving are three daughters: Theresa Beisel and husband, Keith, of Tyrone, Barb Reed and husband, Randy, of Warriors Mark and Rhonda Zimmerman and husband, Wes, of Tyrone; a son, Robert and wife, Brenda, of Bald Eagle; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Chantel Ventura and fiance, Dr. James Garofalo, of Duncansville; a step-granddaughter, Grace Ventura; and a sister, Florence Bures of Scranton.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sharon Red; and a son-in-law, Joseph B. Ventura.

In 1972, Ray purchased the former Tyrone IGA, which soon after became Ray’s Riverside. He had worked for the Riverside Co. in DuBois and State College before acquiring the franchise in Tyrone, and he became their youngest owner. The supermarket later became Ray’s Bi-Lo, from which he retired in 1996.

He was a member of the Tyrone Hookies, Howard Gardner American Legion Post, Anderson-Denny VFW Post, Tyrone Elks, Sinking Valley Country Club and Treasure Lake Members Association.

Ray was an active supporter of the community and had hosted a well-attended annual Halloween party for the town at his store for many years. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and was a generous supporter of Special Olympics. He enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia and went on an annual trip to the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training in Bradenton, Fla. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 5 until the 7 p.m. memorial service Monday, May 12, 2014, at Feller Memorial Home, Tyrone, the Rev. Charles Swenson officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.

An online guest book may be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.fellermemorialhome.com.